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RESPONSIBILITY:
10% OF THE NATION’S
CHILDREN
5 MILLION
STUDENTS
Raise Your Hand Texas
A Consultant’s Nightmare
 Unlike smaller, less diverse countries with national
education systems, the United States has a...
State of the State
 4.7 million students are enrolled in Texas public
schools.
 About 200,000 Texas students are home-sc...
California and Texas:
Largest Numbers of Public School
Students4
TEXAS CALIFORNIA
# of School Districts 1,030 1,042
Total ...
Changing Demographics
The ethnic composition of both the U.S. and Texas populations has shifted
dramatically, with Hispani...
Pursuing an Education Pays Off
6
Educational Attainment October 2010 Unemployment
Rate1
Less than a high school diploma 15...
Four-year Graduation Rates
7
Source: Class of 2008 Graduation Rates, Texas Education Agency; enrollment from 2009-10
68 65...
Graduation Rates for Males are
Lower8
District White Male African American
Male
Hispanic Male
SAN ANTONIO
ISD
66.7 49.0 57...
The Bush School at A&M says the cost of a
dropout …
9
 In Texas, the costs for only one class of
students statewide1 who ...
How are we doing?
10
88 88
96
87
71
78
90
76
66
70
89
68
0
10
20
30
40
50
60
70
80
90
100
African
American
Hispanic White ...
Indicators of Postsecondary
Readiness
 Texas ranks 45th out of 50
states in SAT scores in
2009.
 College admissions test...
Results of International Assessments
12
 The 2006 administration of the Program for
International Student Assessment (PIS...
Rankings by Country & Time in
School13
Rank
(2006 PISA
Math)1
Country Number of School Days
per year2
Average Instructiona...
Teacher Pool Statistics
 Top-performing school systems recruit
teachers from the top third of college
graduates.
 South ...
Teacher Pool Statistics
 Teaching is attracting better-
qualified people than it did just a
few years ago.
 Prospective ...
Texas Salary Trends by
Occupation16
$59,398
$87,068
$69,088
$64,012
$0
$10,000
$20,000
$30,000
$40,000
$50,000
$60,000
$70...
 It’s popular today to blame the public
schools for less than desirable results
but an assessment is incomplete
without r...
Increase in Single Parent
Households
 In 1970, 5 percent of U.S. households were
headed by single parents.
 Now – almost...
Three Wake-Up Calls…
19
 1955: Why Johnny Can’t Read and What You Can Do About It, by
Rudolf Flesch
 Best seller that st...
What are we doing about it?20
Reform Organizations: Leading the
Charge
21
 Annenberg Institute for School Reform – “Conducts research…and
shares its wo...
Reform Organizations: Leading the
Charge
22
 KIPP – “A national network of free, open-enrollment, college-preparatory
pub...
Distinguishing Facts About
Charters
 Public schools must provide 180 days of instruction per school year.
 Charters have...
Successful Charters in Texas
 In 2009, a few charter operators had the most
schools receiving the highest two ratings und...
Unsuccessful Charters in Texas
 In 2009, a higher proportion of Charter Schools
are rated Academically Unacceptable than
...
Summary of Results
Source: 2009 Accountability System State Summary, TEA November 2009
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5.8
0.9
47.1
20.9
16.6
38.7
23.5...
This is just a small slice.
We need better leadership at the school
board level. School boards in low income
areas often ...
SCHOOL GOVERNANCE: An International
Look
28
School Governance
Brazil: Municipalities are responsible for establishing
and regulating schools, using funding provided b...
EDUCATION: An Investment or a Cost?30
Texas School Finance
31
 Public education is the “greatest single activity” funded
by the state of Texas:
 $35 billion o...
Per Student Expenditures
$0
$2,500
$5,000
$7,500
$10,000
$12,500
$15,000
$17,500
$9,036
$10,190
Texas
U.S.
 Texas is 38th...
According to the Bush School at
A&M…
33
 For every $1 invested in high quality pre-k, at least
$3.50 is returned to Texas...
Early Childhood Education: Texas
34
 Participating in high-quality pre-kindergarten
increases high school graduation rate...
Strength in Schools. Strength in
Texas.
www.raiseyourhandtexas.org
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  • We are the largest nation to try and educate all children.

    Our society had shown little interest in educating black and Hispanic students prior to the Second World War.

    An emphasis began in the 1950s on civil rights and equality in education for minorities and girls.

    With that emphasis came federal legislation in 1965 which provided first-time funding for supplementary programs targeted toward poor and black children.

  • The latest National Center for Education Statistics report on graduation rates by state shows Texas ranked 35th in the nation.

    The averaged freshman graduation rate for Texas is 73.1%, and for the United States is 74.9%.

    Wisconsin had the highest rate at 89.6%, and Nevada had the lowest at 51.3%.

  • For states with over 50% of their students taking the SAT Math portion, Texas ranks 10th out of 21.

    The ACT is a national college admission and placement examination. In late 1996, the name was changed from American College Testing to ACT (pronounced "A - C - T").
    http://www.act.org/aboutact/history.html
  • PISA = Programe for International Student Assessment

    OECD= Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development
  • Bullet #1: Total student enrollment for Texas public schools (including charters) in 2008-09 is 4,728,204.

    Bullet #2: Total public school enrollment for the U.S. in 2007-08 is 49,843,083.
  • A June 2009 Stanford study reveals that 17 percent of charter schools nationwide provide superior education opportunities for their students.

    Nearly half of the charter schools have results that are no different from the local public school options.

    Over a third, 37 percent, deliver learning results that are significantly worse than their students would have realized had they remained in traditional public schools.
  • A June 2009 Stanford study reveals that 17 percent of charter schools nationwide provide superior education opportunities for their students.

    Nearly half of the charter schools have results that are no different from the local public school options.

    Over a third, 37 percent, deliver learning results that are significantly worse than their students would have realized had they remained in traditional public schools.
  • Bullet #1: Total student enrollment for Texas public schools (including charters) in 2008-09 is 4,728,204.

    Bullet #2: Total public school enrollment for the U.S. in 2007-08 is 49,843,083.
  • Transcript of "Texas education responsibility"

    1. 1. RESPONSIBILITY: 10% OF THE NATION’S CHILDREN 5 MILLION STUDENTS Raise Your Hand Texas
    2. 2. A Consultant’s Nightmare  Unlike smaller, less diverse countries with national education systems, the United States has a highly decentralized system of education. We value local control.  With that, there comes high variability in results among the more than 13,000 school districts serving close to 50 million students.  Texas alone has 1,030 school districts.  The 17 largest districts serve over 28% of all students.  The 477 smallest districts enroll fewer than 500 students each and serve 2.5% of all students. Sources: Digest of Education Statistics 2009, NCES, April 2010 http://nces.ed.gov/programs/digest/d09/tables_2.asp Pocket Edition 2008-09, Texas Public School Statistics, TEA Public Elementary and Secondary School Student Enrollment and Staff From the Common Core of Data: 2008-09 http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid=2010347 2007 U.S. Census of Governments http://www.census.gov/govs/cog/GovOrgTab03ss.html 2009 Accountability System State Summary, TEA December 2009 2
    3. 3. State of the State  4.7 million students are enrolled in Texas public schools.  About 200,000 Texas students are home-schooled.  246,030 Texas students are in private schools.  From fall 1996 to fall 2006, enrollment in U.S. public schools increased 8.1 percent. At the same time, Texas public school enrollment increased 20.1 percent – an increase of almost three-quarters of a million new students.  Students in Texas public schools comprise over 10.4% of all public school students in the U.S.  Texas is 2nd in the nation (behind California) in student enrollment.Sources: School Data Direct; 2008-09 Academic Excellence Indicator System State Report; Texas Home School Coalition and the National Home Education Research Institution; Texas Private School Directory, Education Bug, Educational Resources; Rankings & Estimates, NEA Research, December 2009; Enrollment in Texas Public Schools 2008-09, TEA, November 2009 3
    4. 4. California and Texas: Largest Numbers of Public School Students4 TEXAS CALIFORNIA # of School Districts 1,030 1,042 Total Population 24,782,302 36,961,664 Public School Student Enrollment 4,728,204 6,322,528 Sources: CCD, 2008-09 NCES, 2008-09 http://www.google.com/publicdata?ds=uspopulation&met=population&idim=state:06000&dl=en&hl=en&q=what+is+total+population +of+ca
    5. 5. Changing Demographics The ethnic composition of both the U.S. and Texas populations has shifted dramatically, with Hispanic enrollment in Texas projected to be the majority within the next five years. 5 1995 Projected 2015 Source: Pocket Edition 1994-95, Texas Education Agency http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/perfreport/pocked/95/index.html Projected Public Elementary and Secondary School Enrollment in 2005-2040, Office of the State 32% 12% 52% 47% 14% 36% Anglo Black Hispanic Other
    6. 6. Pursuing an Education Pays Off 6 Educational Attainment October 2010 Unemployment Rate1 Less than a high school diploma 15.3% High school graduates, no college 10.1% Some college or associate degree 8.5% Bachelor’s degree and higher 4.7% Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Economic News Release. See Table A-4: Employment status of the civilian population 25 years and over by educational attainment. 1 Seasonally adjusted.
    7. 7. Four-year Graduation Rates 7 Source: Class of 2008 Graduation Rates, Texas Education Agency; enrollment from 2009-10 68 65 86 81 74 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100 Five Largest Urban Districts, by enrollment
    8. 8. Graduation Rates for Males are Lower8 District White Male African American Male Hispanic Male SAN ANTONIO ISD 66.7 49.0 57.0 DALLAS ISD 69.7 57.2 59.1 HOUSTON ISD 82.2 62.4 57.9 FORT WORTH ISD 86.8 64.4 72.1 AUSTIN ISD 87.1 64.0 60.9 Source: Secondary School Completion and Dropouts, 2007-08, page x. Females in the class of 2008 had a higher graduation rate (81.4%) than males (76.8%). There is significant variation in graduation rates by ethnicity for males.
    9. 9. The Bush School at A&M says the cost of a dropout … 9  In Texas, the costs for only one class of students statewide1 who fail to graduate on-time are estimated to be between $5.4 and $9.6 billion.  This estimate was obtained as follows: $5.0 to $9.0 billion (decrease in gross state product due to lost earnings) + $1.0 to $1.8 billion (increase demand on Texas welfare & criminal justice system) $6.0 to $10.8 billion – $0.6 to $1.14 billion (cost to keep students in school to earn a HS diploma) $5.4 to $9.6 billion1Projected as between 40,519 and 73,692 students for the Class of 2012. Source: The ABCD’s of Texas Education: Assessing the Benefits and Costs of Reducing the Dropout Rate Bush School of Government and Public Service, 2009
    10. 10. How are we doing? 10 88 88 96 87 71 78 90 76 66 70 89 68 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100 African American Hispanic White Econ. Disadv. PercentPassing 2009 Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (sum of all grades tested) Reading Math Science Source: Pocket Edition 2008-09, Texas Public School Statistics, TEA
    11. 11. Indicators of Postsecondary Readiness  Texas ranks 45th out of 50 states in SAT scores in 2009.  College admissions test results tend to be lower when higher percentages of students take the test.  The Texas ACT composite score reached an all-time high of 20.8 out of a possible 36. This score trails the national score, which is 21.1.  Confirming what Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills results show, our students are less prepared for math and science classes. 44% of the students in the Class of 2009 are ready for college algebra and 26% are ready for college biology. 11 2009 SAT Results 2009 ACT Results Sources: http://www.act.org/news/data/09/pdf/output/ACT_Texas_Output.pdf http://blog.bestandworststates.com/2009/08/25/state-sat-scores-2009.aspx
    12. 12. Results of International Assessments 12  The 2006 administration of the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) found that:  U.S. 15-year-olds’ average scores were in the bottom quarter of the thirty OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) countries.  U.S. 15-year-olds are not as successful in applying scientific and mathematics knowledge and skills to real-world tasks as their peers in most other OECD countries. Source: National Center for Education Statistics, U. S. Performance Across International Assessments of Student Achievement, 2009 [http://nces.ed.gov/pubs2009/2009083.pdf]
    13. 13. Rankings by Country & Time in School13 Rank (2006 PISA Math)1 Country Number of School Days per year2 Average Instructional Hours per year3 1 Finland 190 777 2 South Korea 220 867 3 Netherlands 200 1,000 4 Switzerland 228 1,130 5 Canada 188 925 6 Japan 243 868 7 New Zealand 194 988 8 Australia 205 937 9 Belgium 220 960 10 Denmark 210 930 25 United States 180 997Sources: 12006 Data Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), 2006 http://nces.ed.gov/programs/digest/d09/tables/dt09_402.asp 2Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) 2003 3Education at a Glance: 2010, OECD Indicators (Table: D1) NCES, Education Indicators: An International Perspective (Table 24)
    14. 14. Teacher Pool Statistics  Top-performing school systems recruit teachers from the top third of college graduates.  South Korea recruits from top 5%.  Finland recruits from top 10%.  Singapore and Hong Kong recruit from top 30%.  The majority of United States teachers come from the bottom third of SAT scores for high school graduates.Source: McKinsey & Company, How the World’s Best-Performing School Systems Come Out on Top, September 2007 14
    15. 15. Teacher Pool Statistics  Teaching is attracting better- qualified people than it did just a few years ago.  Prospective teachers from 2002-05 scored higher on their SATs and earned higher grades in college than their counterparts in the mid- 1990’s. Source: Report Finds Better Scores in New Crop of Teachers, Sam Dillon, New York Times, December 12, 2007 15
    16. 16. Texas Salary Trends by Occupation16 $59,398 $87,068 $69,088 $64,012 $0 $10,000 $20,000 $30,000 $40,000 $50,000 $60,000 $70,000 $80,000 $90,000 $100,000 Entry Level Wage Median Wage Experienced Wage Teacher Loan Officer Insurance Sales Agents Firefighter Source: Texas Workforce Commission http://www.texasindustryprofiles.com/apps/win/eds.php?compare=0&page=0 A career teacher has the lowest increase in pay over time.
    17. 17.  It’s popular today to blame the public schools for less than desirable results but an assessment is incomplete without recognizing that many schools inherit an over-entertained, distracted student body, disinclined to pursue scholarship in a serious way. The idea that “we’ve got it made and can coast” is pervasive throughout our culture. 17
    18. 18. Increase in Single Parent Households  In 1970, 5 percent of U.S. households were headed by single parents.  Now – almost forty years later – that number has increased to 9 percent*. Source: http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/families_households/cb07-46.html *12.9 million families 18
    19. 19. Three Wake-Up Calls… 19  1955: Why Johnny Can’t Read and What You Can Do About It, by Rudolf Flesch  Best seller that stunned the country with its description of a 12-year-old who suffered from being “exposed to an ordinary American school”.  1957: Sputnick  The first of the Russian Sputnick Program, Sputnik1, launched on October 4, 1957 the first human-made object to orbit the Earth.  1983: A Nation At Risk  1983 report of President Ronald Reagan’s National Commission on Excellence in Education. Americans have failed to heed any of these wake- up calls with an in-depth, effective response.
    20. 20. What are we doing about it?20
    21. 21. Reform Organizations: Leading the Charge 21  Annenberg Institute for School Reform – “Conducts research…and shares its work through print and Web publications.”  Bellwether Education Partners – “National nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the achievement of low-income students by cultivating…a community of effective and sustainable change agents in public education reform.”  Coalition of Essential Schools (CES) – Network of hundreds of public schools founded on ten principles of excellent school culture and quality.  Communities in Schools – Within the public school system, determines student needs and establishes relationships with community agents to provide needed resources.  Democrats for Education Reform – “a political action committee whose mission is to encourage a more productive dialogue within the Democratic Party on the need to fundamentally reform American public education.”  Green Dot – Los Angeles-based charter management organization “leading the charge to transform public education…so that all children receive the education they need to be successful.”
    22. 22. Reform Organizations: Leading the Charge 22  KIPP – “A national network of free, open-enrollment, college-preparatory public schools dedicated to preparing students in underserved communities for success in college and in life.”  New Leaders for New Schools – Trains and supports outstanding principals for underserved urban public schools  Teach for America (TFA) – Recruits recent college graduates to teach for two years in public schools in underserved areas  Teach for All – A “spin-off” of TFA; a network of TFA-like organizations over many nations in the world, including Brazil, China, the U.K. and others.  The New Teacher Project (TNTP) – Creates high-quality alternative routes to certification programs to bring accomplished teachers to hard-to-staff urban schools.  The Wallace Foundation – Supports and shares ideas to improve education opportunities. Currently interested in educational leadership and teacher recruitment.  YES Prep – Houston-based Charter management organization that works to “increase the number of low-income Houstonians who graduate from a four-year college.” Operates eight campuses.
    23. 23. Distinguishing Facts About Charters  Public schools must provide 180 days of instruction per school year.  Charters have discretion to determine the length of their school year.  High performing charters (KIPP and YES Prep) spend up to 220 days in school.  Public schools must provide a 7 hour day.  Top charter schools require students to be in school for at least 9 hours.  Public schools require teachers to hold a Bachelors degree and be certified.  Charter schools have more flexibility in the required certifications to hire teachers (except for special education and bilingual education teachers).  Public schools have contractual limitations to hire and fire staff.  Open-enrollment charters can hire and fire teachers and administrators at will.Source: http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/charter/faqs/faq.html 23
    24. 24. Successful Charters in Texas  In 2009, a few charter operators had the most schools receiving the highest two ratings under the accountability system.  HARMONY: 11 Exemplary, 6 Recognized campuses  IDEA Academy: 3 Exemplary, 4 Recognized campuses  KIPP: 5 Exemplary, 11 Recognized campuses  YES Preparatory: 5 Exemplary campuses  19 Charters with one campus were rated Exemplary Source: 2009 Accountability System State Summary, TEA November 2009 24
    25. 25. Unsuccessful Charters in Texas  In 2009, a higher proportion of Charter Schools are rated Academically Unacceptable than public schools:  10.5% (46 of 437) of charter schools are rated Academically Unacceptable  2.5% (199 of 7,885) of public schools are rated Academically Unacceptable Source: 2009 Accountability System State Summary, TEA November 2009 25
    26. 26. Summary of Results Source: 2009 Accountability System State Summary, TEA November 2009 26 5.8 0.9 47.1 20.9 16.6 38.7 23.5 31.7 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90% 100% Open-enrollment Charters Traditional Public Schools Exemplary Recognized Acceptable Unacceptable 2010 Accountability Ratings
    27. 27. This is just a small slice. We need better leadership at the school board level. School boards in low income areas often have a limited pool of candidates from which to draw. We need state policymakers that view education as an investment, not a cost. 27
    28. 28. SCHOOL GOVERNANCE: An International Look 28
    29. 29. School Governance Brazil: Municipalities are responsible for establishing and regulating schools, using funding provided by the Federal Government. China: The administration over the basic education schools has been delegated to the local government, where the local municipality, districts (counties) and villages (townships) jointly manage the schools. England: Local education authorities have responsibility of all state schools in their area: funding for the schools, allocate the number of places available at each school and employ all teachers. There are currently 150 local education authorities in England. School boards were abolished in 1902. More local control is part of the newly formed DE’s plans with the establishment of Free Schools. Finland: The municipalities administer 97% of all basic-education-level schools. The municipality, being the schooling provider, allocates financing to individual schools. Steering is conducted through legislation, norms and national curricula. Schools and teachers enjoy large autonomy. 29 Sources: http://portal.mec.gov.br/index.html (Translated from the Portuguese by Google) http://english.mest.go.kr/ http://www.moe.edu.cn/english/laws_e.htm http://www.oph.fi/english/education http://www.education.gouv.fr/ (Translated from the French by Google) http://www.russianenic.ru/english/rus/index.html http://www.education.nic.in/ http://www.education.gov.uk/ France: School councils, comprised of various local elected and appointed officials, “provide advice and suggestions” for the school’s operation and meet quarterly. India: Some effort has been made to increase community involvement but varies greatly by state. Elected parent bodies (School Development and Monitoring Committees SDMCs) consist of 9 elected parent representatives. Their powers include: scrutinize finances of the schools; auction crops grown in the school lands; and use government funds to buy materials required for the school. Russia: Education is regulated by municipal bodies within their jurisdictions, which report to the Ministry of Education and Science. Kindergartens are operated by regional and local authorities, but not by the Ministry. South Korea: School districts (city- or county- based), are governed by school boards, elected by individual school councils. Board size is limited to a minimum of 7 and maximum of 15 members. Members have a four-year term limit, and must have at least 10 years of education administration experience.
    30. 30. EDUCATION: An Investment or a Cost?30
    31. 31. Texas School Finance 31  Public education is the “greatest single activity” funded by the state of Texas:  $35 billion of General Revenue (43.7%) is appropriated for public education in the 2010-11 biennium.  There is wide variation among per-pupil spending for Texas school districts.  Star ISD = $3,613 per weighted average daily attendance (WADA)  Westbrook ISD = $12,725 per WADA  Texas school finance has been the source of ongoing litigation since 1984. One of the landmark outcomes has been the “Robin Hood” system, which attempts to achieve equitable funding by redistributing funds from wealthier to poorer school districts. Source: 2010-11 Fiscal Size Up, Legislative Budget Board http://www.lbb.state.tx.us/Fiscal_Size-up/Fiscal%20Size-up%202010-11.pdf Texas Education Agency, 2008-09 Target Revenue
    32. 32. Per Student Expenditures $0 $2,500 $5,000 $7,500 $10,000 $12,500 $15,000 $17,500 $9,036 $10,190 Texas U.S.  Texas is 38th in the U.S. in expenditures per student. Source: Rankings & Estimates, NEA Research, December 2009 In 2008-09, per-pupil expenditures ranged from a high of $17,638 in District of Columbia to $5,912 in Utah. The median value was $9,979. 32
    33. 33. According to the Bush School at A&M… 33  For every $1 invested in high quality pre-k, at least $3.50 is returned to Texas communities.  More than 1 in 5 Texas children grow up in poverty.  Approximately 400,000 four-year-olds live in Texas.  200,000 four-year-olds are eligible for public pre- kindergarten.  Of those four-year-olds eligible for public pre-k:  1/3 are enrolled in full-day pre-k.  2/3 are enrolled in half-day pre-k. Sources: Bush School of Government & Public Service, A Cost-Benefit Analysis of Universally-Accessible Pre-Kindergarten Education in Texas (2006) US Census Population Estimates (2008) Personal Communication from Kara Johnson, president and CEO, Texas Early Childhood Coalition
    34. 34. Early Childhood Education: Texas 34  Participating in high-quality pre-kindergarten increases high school graduation rates by as much as 44 percent.  Texas meets only 4 of the 10 standards for a quality pre-k program.  Three out of four Texans believe pre-k should be fully funded for all students, regardless of income. Sources: School or the Streets: Crime and America’s Dropout Crisis, Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, 2008 The State of Pre-school in 2009, National Institute for Early Education Research, 2009 Texas Early Childhood Education Coalition
    35. 35. Strength in Schools. Strength in Texas. www.raiseyourhandtexas.org Raise Your Hand Texas35
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